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Building Online Community: Leadership

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Today we wrap up our series on Building Online Community by talking about how, once the website is done and the geeky tools are put away, you lead this community so it's successful and positive.

We talk about how online communities are more grass roots than top-down and we warn you not to expect people to just fall in line and start using the grand site that you talk about. We chat about the importance and methods you can use for getting church staff and leadership on board and talk about how to lead and train people both online and off. MF keeps wanting to do some hand-holding which leads Rob to quickly move onto the topic of the important of patience when leading one of these web communities. We wrap up by talking about the excitement and long term commitment that are necessary if you want to build up your church community online.

Before all this, we remind you that registration is open for the Geeks & God Web 2.0 Conference and we notify you that the dates have been changed to July 24-26 (due to a venue conflict). We talk about your listener feedback, thereby keeping good on our new year's resolutions. Thanks for joining us for yet another fun filled episode!

Love the "Leadership"

Love the "Leadership" graphic.. Really cool.

Mark Shropshire "shrop"
Geeks & God Forums Moderator
http://geeksandgod.com/users/shrop

Graphic

Yup, can't take credit for it though. It was creative commons on flickr....here's the original:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunechaser/253036292/

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

forums more useful than twitter

Hi - you asked in this episode whether twitter would be a useful addition... I confess that I have not used twitter, however my initial reaction is that this would be yet another place where I need to check for updates etc. The G&G website, including the RSS feeds and forums is my main contact place for you guys.

The other negative about twitter for me, is that I exist in a very different timezone compared with you... check my profile: I'm from way outta town!!! So the IM style of things like twitter etc don't work too well for me, unless I am awake real early/late.

Just my $0.02

Cheers
Pete

throwing stuff at the wall

I understand what you are saying. Trying new things out like this is a fun experiment. I'm not sure what this will turn into (and it may be nothing) but I think we will experiment with it for a few weeks.

It really can leave people like you, who are on the flip side of the planet, out in the cold. If it doesn't work for you don't use it. That will really help us as an indicator of it's success.

Thanks for the feedback. We will take it to heart.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.innovatingtomorrow.net
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

twitter tags

There is a recent post on the Church Tech Matters blog that you might be interested in re the Twitter hashtags:

Twitter #Hashtags - CITRT Community

Seems there may be a wider church tech community that you might want to contribute to too!

Saw that

I saw that. I'm now in their IRC chatroom regularly.

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.innovatingtomorrow.net
www.mattfarina.com

Matt Farina
Geeks and God Former Co-Host
www.mattfarina.com

Please post the ogg

The ogg codec is really important to me. I am a Christian and into GNU+Linux. Thus I see that Christian media is all but non-existent in the geek genre. So I praise you for what you are doing. However I see that you also like the OLPC. Please as Christians do not look over the legal quagmire there.

Ogg and OLPC

Hey, thanks for posting...just a couple thoughts:

First, we've thought about releasing the show in Ogg, but we're taking that one step at a time. Recently we just started releasing them in AAC, which really makes sense because there's a really wide distribution avenue through the iTunes store. So, we started there. The problem is, with Ogg, there is no distribution network (that we're aware of). For now, we've decided it would be too much work and attention for the small audience that would use it. Do you know of a larger Ogg network that we could use to get that format out if we did use it?

Second, with Ogg, the problem is: it's purely a geek-format. Now, I hear you thinking "But this is a show for geeks!" Well...sorta, but not really. This show is about geeky topics but our intended audience are actually not geeks...they're church and ministry leaders who want to use the "tools of the geek" to do ministry. Now, of course the show is for geeks as well, since many of us are leaders in our church too. I don't think that releasing an Ogg formatted show would impact this much, but we have to have priorities on where our time and effort go (at least at this point)

If you have ideas on effective distro and workflow for an Ogg format, we'd love to hear them. At this point if it was easy to release, distribute, track, and store those files, we'd be happy to look more into it.

As far as One Laptop Per Child, on the show we always advocate the idea of this program, but don't know enough about it to advocate the program itself or to talk about all the legal stuff that's going on. We think that the idea is GREAT...but know nothing about the implementation. That's why we always say "go check it out for yourself".

Ogg Followup: I just found this plugin that seems like it would make Ogg easier...just trying to find out if we could distribute it thru the iTunes Music Store.

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

-Rob Feature
Geeks and God Co-Host
www.mustardseedmedia.com

Super Average Podcast

You should consider posting a link in your show notes to your Super Average Podcast, or whatever it was, that you talked about. (Yes, I just got around to listening to this one this week.)

Also, have you considered naming your MP3s something other than "Episode...". Something like GandG....MP3 would mark them better when they get thrown into My Music on my phone.

Thanks.